The Dragon’s Heart Hospital was ready to admit its first patients on Easter Sunday, with 300 beds made available less than a fortnight after construction work began.
While the hospital is now operational, construction work to increase capacity is still underway.
“Work on the pitch continues,” said Cardiff and Vale University Health Board chief executive, Len Richards on Twitter, as he shared images of the new hospital on Sunday.
“Fantastic tented structures to create enclosed ward environments. A feat of engineering and construction.”
Specialist contractors have been working alongside health experts to create the hospital, with the army also drafted in to help.
Similar rapidly built structures have been built in London and Glasgow to help scale up the UK’s intensive care capacity.
In addition to converting spaces in existing hospitals into intensive care wards, a series of new field hospitals are being built across the UK, dubbed ”NHS Nightingale” after Florence Nightingale.
The ExCel centre in London became the first such hospital to open, on 3 April, followed by one in Birmingham a week later.
Further centres are being built in Manchester, Harrogate, Bristol, Washington and Exeter.
While those built at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium and Glasgow’s Scottish Events Campus are also technically NHS Nightingale hospitals, Wales and Scotland have opted for names more tailored to their individual nations.
“Dragon’s Heart” was picked from thousands of suggestions from the Welsh public, while Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon settled on the Louisa Jordan Hospital – named so after a Scottish First World War nurse who died treating typhoid patients in Serbia.
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